Brexit warning: Boris Johnson is heading for ‘political suicide’ if he caves to EU demands
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Time is running out for the UK to secure a trade deal with the EU, as both sides need time to ratify a deal in their respective Parliament’s. But a Brexiteer has urged the Government not to make huge concessions in order to rush through a last-minute deal.
Former Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy said it is vital UK negotiators maintain its red lines on fishing rights and the level playing field demand.
She warned the Prime Minister he may face a fierce backlash from voters if he caves on these two areas.
She told Express.co.uk: “The EU has shown no signs of backtracking on its demands for a level playing field or unfettered access to our fishing waters.
“It would be political suicide for the Tories to budge on these two as it would essentially bring back May’s Deal re-wrapped in Boris paper.”
The Brexiteer said she and other Brexit Party colleagues were keeping a close eye on the talks and warned the Government may not survive if it backtracks on its Brexit promises.
She said: “Confidence is dwindling in Boris… the public is tired of being conned and witnessing a government lose its backbone on issues that involve nerve.
“Fortune favours the brave and if an 80 seat majority Tory government cant be brave when our nation’s sovereignty and interests depend on it then the electorate will punish the Tories for a generation.”
Ms de Lucy said it was crucial Mr Johnson’s negotiating team stands firm and does not sign away the UK’s sovereignty.
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She urged the Prime Minister to walk away from the talks if the EU refuses to agree to Britain’s terms.
The former MEP said: “If the EU won’t budge on the level playing field, ECJ and Fishing then talks are a waste of time we should focus 100 percent on no-deal planning.”
The Brexiteer said she was slightly concerned the Government has not yet prioritised its no-deal planning.
The seventh round of Brexit trade talks concluded in Brussels on Friday, with little progress having been made.
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Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the deadlock remained because of disagreements over access to Britain’s fishing grounds and the so-called “level-playing field”.
Speaking after the conclusion of the talks, the EU chief said: “We have very little time left to conclude the negotiations to ensure an agreement can enter into effect on January 1, 2021 – in four months and 10 days.
“We still have a few months left to find an agreement to find agreement on all issues under discussion to consolidate the text.”
Mr Barnier accused the British of refusing to “move forward on issues of fundamental importance for the European Union despite the flexibility which we have shown over recent months”.
The Frenchman blamed Mr Johnson for the deadlock.
He added: “Those who were hoping for negotiations to move on swiftly forward this week will have been disappointed.
“Unfortunately I too have been frankly disappointed as well, I must say.
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson told us in June that he wished to speed up.”
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